Levi’s, a brand that needs no introduction as the world’s most recognizable denim maker, has taken big steps with the launch of a new Authorized Vintage collection. The Authorized Vintage product, produced in collaboration with Lot, Stock and Barrel (a company I’m a part of), consists of Levi’s classics – think 501s, 505s, & Big E truckers – bringing the garments back to life for a second run.
The entire Authorized Vintage collection has been meticulously sourced, hand repaired, refurbished and only consists of Made in USA quality, ranging from the 1960’s to early 1990’s. This collection also marks the first time the 501CT – the streamlined version of the iconic 501 – will be offered and available in a vintage garment to the mass market. And as an added bonus, a select number of pieces have custom chain stitch embroidery that include various type of traditional Americana artwork.
Vintage Levi’s are having a good moment and it only makes sense to buy them from their original source. Unlike the LVC collection, which is an incredible reproduction to spec from its original counterpart, decades earlier, the Authorized Vintage product will suit the purest and the passionate alike.
Holiday season means holiday parties. In the spirit of sprits, the good men of Mr. French – a staple among linen shirting – have created a shirt fit for holiday. Known for their superior linen shirting and unfussy offering (seven colors, long sleeve, short sleeve, boom.), Mr. French brings us a black tie optional version, fit for any warm weather soirée.
Made from French linens with single needle stitching, this is a serious shirt for the unserious escape, think George Hamilton & co. The black & white holiday versions brings in all of the same qualities that make the original five colors great and adds some additional liquid resistant technology to keep you spill free when the clock strikes 12. Keep the same look and feel of linen without the battle scars of last night. [Mr. French]
Motorsport Mag dug up some lost images from the original Le Mans movie Steve McQueen filmed in 1970. The Man and Le Mans, a documentary about Steve McQueen’s effort to make a film that captured the full scope of the 24 hr race that takes place in France opens today. – Motorsport Mag
A discussion on where the infamous buffalo check pattern gets the buffalo. Spoiler alert, it is from a buffalo. – Adweek
Glen O’Brien give us a humorous and candid tour of his home which gives us a glance at his impressive Jean Michel Basquait collection and collection of things in general. – Nowness
For all of the procrastinators out there, seven successful entrepreneurs dish out their secrets to being productive. Pro tip, wake up early. – Fast Company
Often times, while traveling, no plan is the best plan. Gone is the pressure of keeping a schedule, racing the clock or rushing from A to B. For most of us (myself included), the idea of urban unplugging is as foreign as the country or city you might be traveling through.
During a recent trip to Amsterdam, a few extra days offered some time to head south to nearby Paris. A city that needs no introduction, the French capital, almost begs for its residents and visitors to experience all it has to offer, IRL. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t spend a few moments to take things in – don’t fret, instagram can wait. This is especially true if you’re like me and avoid what would be considered any must see destination.
Paris has no shortage of visitors, I feel like somewhere it was listed as the most visited city in the world, however for those who return it’s a place with individual appeal. As someone who has adopted New York as their home, Paris hosts a lot of similarities, albeit in a, naturally, French way. Like New York, the city center is sprinkled with iconic architecture, museums and parks. People tend to dress well in both cities, and the food, well during a short stay the French may have the upper hand, but both places pack a culinary punch. Ultimately, the walkability of each location is what really joins the two together. Endless and aimless walking is great in either locale and affords a new experience every time, home or away.
Personally, there’s always been a lingering affection for Paris for me. It was the first international city I traveled to alone, it’s among two other European cities where navigation is comfortable and familiar (Rome & Amsterdam being the others), and now with multiple stays over the years, I have a list of favorited establishments. Ultimately, this leads me into doing much of the same things typically done at home in New York – walking, eating & taking in a drink. However, the walks a little slower, the dinners a little longer, and good wine seems to be present a little more frequently.
During this most recent – 48 hours – visit nothing changed. The cool weather was perfect for taking time to wander, occasionally stopping to refill the tank with a coffee, glass of wine, or both. The 16th century rental in the Le Marias was perfectly situated and provided a great beginning and end to each day. And with no agenda, lunch spilled into dinner and evenings ended bleary eyed. No plan, was the best plan.
If you go:
Le Bouledogue: This bistro, situated in Le Marias at 20 Rue Rambuteau, possess all the classic elements you’d expect with an unfussy atmosphere and menu to match. Pricing is fair and the wine list doesn’t disappoint.
Astier de Villatte: When ever traveling anywhere, I like to shop for things that are local and interesting. Astier de Villatte fits this bill and is one of my favorite stores of anywhere. The space alone is simple and beautiful, and their hand made ceramics (plates, cups, etc.) are incredible. Located at 173 Rue Saint Honoré, an area synonymous with shopping, it’s in the thick of it, but among good company.
A bottle of wine in Luxembourg Gardens: Unlike the U.S. of A, it’s ok to enjoy an adult beverage outside in public. Grab a bottle of wine from any number of sellers around town and settle into a couple of chairs in the park Luxembourg is especially nice (pictured below).
Deyrolle: Not exactly a secret per se, Deyrolle (pictured bottom) remains worthy of a visit. Home to a unique offering of hard to find taxidermy (think giraffes, an entire water buffalo or lion) this former institution for natural sciences is not only fun to walk thru, it’s a great place to grab something different to take home – i.e. an extinct African butterfly to display on a bookshelf.
Buy a scarf: The French love scarfs. They wear them well, and so should you. With any number of places to buy scarfs, don’t be swayed by the riff raff and head to one of the beautiful department stores around town. Unlike many counter parts, the Parisian department stores are impressive, inside and out. We’d recommend Printemps Haussmann, located at 64 Boulevard Haussmann, for not only their selection of scarfs and just about anything else, but also because of the rooftop terrace which affords incredible views over the city (pictured top).
During the 2011-2012 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, I joined IWC at the starting line of the race in Alicante, Spain to meet their newly sponsored crew, Team Abu Dhabi, and see the race kick-off its nine month journey. It was IWC’s first year as the official time-keeper and Abu Dhabi’s first bid at winning the 38,000 mile race around the world. It was also my first time attending a race I had followed for some time.
Alicante, the small coastal town in southeast Spain that sits between Cartagena and Valencia, serves as the starting line and command center for each edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. During the weeks leading up to the official start of the race, the seaside town is brimming with fans, press, and curious visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the boats. During our visit we had the opportunity to meet those at the helm of IWC along with the crew of Team Abu Dhabi. Hailing from around the globe, the Abu Dhabi crew was made up of some of the world’s best sailors. They offered a tour of their Italian designed Volvo Open 70 boat and shed some light on the conditions each sailor faces over the course of the race.
That year’s attempt was marred by an unfortunate start for Team Abu Dhabi. They quickly met disaster in the first leg of the race, breaking the mast on their boat, Azzam, only a few hours after departing Alicante en route to Cape Town. This set-back created an insurmountable blow that rippled throughout their future positioning among the six other teams. Holding fast, they fought their way thorough the entirety of the event, but that initial mishap plagued them until the end, finishing fifth overall.
Earlier today, the 2014-2015 edition of the VOR came to a close in Gotheberg, Sweden. After nine months and over 38,000 nautical miles, this will cap off what many who follow the race, have considered one of the closest races to-date. Each leg has seen dramatic finishes, along with a few tragic mishaps. While the fight has been close, team Abu Dhabi have stuck to their guns and made up for the set backs they experienced when I last saw them head off in 2011. Skippered by Ian Walker – one of Britain’s most decorated sailors – Abu Dhabi have maintained a strategy of repeated podium finishes throughout their most recent endeavor. Not always number one, but consistently within the top three, they’ve kept constant pressure on their competitors and rivals keeping a strong positioning throughout the duration of the race.
After competing what’s often billed as the Everest of sailing, Team Abu Dhabi graced the podium one last time to be crowned the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race Champions.
Sailor or not, this event is worthy of respect. Spending nine months on a boat with eight other people in some of the worst and most dangerous conditions, it isn’t for everyone. The race is inherently full of risk and known to be one of the most physically and mentally challenging sporting events to have ever existed. Just finishing is worth recognition, and this year I’m excited to see the team I came to support and follow back in 2011 raise the trophy. [Volvo Ocean Race]
All images courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Volvo Ocean Race and photographers Ian Roman, Matt Kingston, Ainhoa Sanchez, Chris Cameron and David Ramos.
“I looked through a lens and ended up abandoning everything else.” – Sebastião Salgado.
The commitment to chasing the opportunity to do what makes you happy is rare and absent from the DNA of most people. The motivation to take on risk. Risk of going broke, risk of being embarrassed, risk of being forced to start over. Subjecting oneself to these possibilities with the outcome of reaping reward is unlikely. Against the odds, Sebastião Salgado followed his instinct and found his reward through the lens of a camera.
The Brazilian photojournalist is the subject of a new film, The Salt of the Earth, directed by Wim Wenders with his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, acting as co-director. Rarely are the stories behind images told, especially while a photographer is still alive. In Salt of the Earth we are offered a first-hand glimpse into Mr. Salgado’s life, which spans from his native country of Brazil to his adopted home of France and – over a 40 year career – around the globe many times in between.
Trained as an economist, Mr. Salgado’s opinions of the world were forged through this lens while traveling the globe as a consultant, often visiting Africa on behalf of the World Bank. These experiences would have a large influence on his later work as a photographer. It wasn’t long before life as an economist grew old and while living in Paris he turned his back on the safety of a career and instead pursued his passion. Following an investment into expensive camera equipment, Mr. Salgado chased any opportunity that presented itself. Weddings, portraits, and newspaper work were all fair game as the emerging photographer found his focus. Within five years he joined the infamous team at Magnum Photos.
During his time at Magnum (25 years) and his subsequent departure to form his own photo agency (Amazonas Images) in 1994, Salgado would document some of world’s most challenging social issues and atrocities. War, famine, genocide, and workers in under developed countries were many of his subjects. Often times telling the stories that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Images of mine workers in Brazil (above) are among a series that include some of his most famous photographs. And while each photo’s subject offered the ability to create an image which evokes strong emotion, the scale and scope of these projects are equally as impressive. Mr. Salgado’s commitment would usually span years, producing self assigned projects The Other Americas, Sahel, Workers, and Migrations. Four years, six years, eight years are durations casually mentioned, leaving anyone to wonder how this could be possible.
Throughout the film, Mr. Salgado’s confident modesty and story telling is addictive. Over the course of his life and career as a photographer, he has seen and experienced more than most people will in ten lifetimes. Yet, while having experienced and lived among some of the mankind’s worst horrors for years at a time, he still possess a compassionate optimism. However, seeing the worst the world had to offer took its toll and caused Mr. Salgado to shift his focus towards work that didn’t involve death. His latest large-scale project, Genesis, explores uninterrupted nature and remote indigenous tribal communities. And as with its predecessors, Genesis would take eight years to complete and produce some of his most striking images to date.
On a personal note, this film strikes a chord. Having also left behind the safety net of a nine-to-five profession to explore what makes me happy, I understand the need for change as well as the impending risk vs. reward. It’s always motivating to see someone experience success doing what they love and what they’re meant to do. The Salt of the Earth is the purest expression of this point. Not only are the images and content truly striking and inspiring (and worth being viewed on the large screen), but the same can be said of the person behind the lens. Making his point clear, once you find out what it is you need to do, the only thing left is abandoning everything else.
Let’s face it, for most of us, running isn’t something we necessarily look forward to. Personally, I’ve really only wanted to run if chased and have just recently maintained a consistent running schedule – meaning more than twice a month. On top of the labor involved with something that’s suppose to offer betterment to your health, the clothing options aren’t very appealing and are often aesthetically challenged. Filled with bright-colored, overly tech heavy garments, the playing field for something you don’t mind wearing during exercise is sparse.
New England based Tracksmith is flipping the script on running apparel. Founded by a former collegiate runner and the co-founder of the popular British cycling company, Rapha, Tracksmith is combining both old & new to create something you actually wouldn’t mind wearing while working out. The clothing offers the perfect marriage between technology and comfort – think wicking, breathable fabrics – and attractive design. And while old school collegiate inspired run wear looks good, it also doesn’t hurt that those at the helm have decided to produce everything stateside, with factories in Mass and New York – well-played.
Check-out more at Tracksmith.
The last week has been ripe with activity from Basel World in Switzerland to SXSW in Austin to Architectural Digest’s Home Show here at home in New York. There’s been no shortage of things to keep you distracted as we welcome spring back into our lives. Here are a few items that caught our attention and for all other happenings connect with us on twitter, instagram, & tumblr.
The crew over at Fast Company gives us their taste of what’s good for the ear from SXSW.
The World’s Best Corporate Art Collections are sampled over at Forbes.
Scathing NY real estate Yelp reviews catch our attention at Curbed NY.
Seated on Chicago’s far north side in the Andersonville neighborhood, Brimfield is raising the bar locally for all things vintage. Consisting of mostly items for the home with a few wearables mixed-in, Brimfield has the bases covered. Vintage and antique stores are largely hit or miss. Sometimes determined by geography, most times by taste, the determination is typically one that’s easy. A city known for its great architecture, Chicago isn’t an obvious hot bed for vintage home goods.
Brimfield, which also shares its name with the super popular antique event in Brimfield, Mass., pulls no punches. Like the event in Massachusetts and unlike similar stores nearby, the selection offered at Brimfield has been thought out. The space is stacked floor to ceiling with inventory consisting of mostly mid-century finds that pay homage to the midwest. Fortunately it’s well contained and excellently merchandised, taking a lot of the leg work out of finding something good. And though there’s logic to the arrangement, you should still expect to dig around for that rare find you can’t leave without.
In total there is 4,000 square feet over three floors, with the third floor serving as a very well curated event space. While Andersonville may be a hike for some, it’s worth the trip. The surrounding neighborhood has plenty of other distractions alongside several stores with similar offerings, Brimfield the clear stand out amongst the group. Visit Brimfield at 5219 N. Clark Street, Chicago.